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Posted February 22, 2019

Dsus4 and Other Suspended Chords Explained!

Suspended chords like the Dsus4 guitar chord, or an Asus2 are chords that can add some extra color or tension to an otherwise normal chord. To get a suspended chord, we replace the 3rd with a nearby scale degree, the 4th or 2nd. These chords are a lot of fun to play and usually only require the guitar player to lift or add one finger. 

Posted February 13, 2019

Chord Progressions and What You Need to Know

Chord progressions are the backbone of every song. From pop and blues to metal and punk rock, and much more, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with these simple concepts if you ever want to write your own songs or understand your favorite songs a little deeper. 

Posted February 8, 2019

4 Step Guitar Practice Plan

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Guitar practice means finding a comfortable space and working on a specific skill, technique or song. There are a number of different ways to practice guitar but thanks to Guitar Tricks instructor Lisa, here are some really easy steps on how to practice and how to create a simple, yet effective practice plan.  

Posted February 6, 2019

Guitar Exercises for Chords, Scales and Songs

It's important to know guitar exercises to train your fingers to perform correctly. Guitar exercises are often used to practice specific elements of guitar playing like open chords, scales and so on. Here are some exercises to help you strengthen your fingers and form so that you have a solid playing foundation going forward.  

Posted February 1, 2019

Lesson Page Updated for 2019

Hey everyone. Billy here from Guitar Tricks! As you may have noticed, we updated our lesson page. You may want to think about the new lesson page as two halves, the top half and the bottom half. The top half houses the lesson video and the notation, while the bottom half has more information like the lesson description, tutorial content and progress, which we recently updated. Here’s how it all works. 

Posted January 30, 2019

How Long Does it Take to Learn Guitar?

One of the most common questions we get is this: “How long does it take to learn guitar?” or “How long does it take to get good at guitar?” 

This is a tough question to answer because everyone who plays guitar has different goals. Some may want to learn how to play a song, or learn how to play a specific chord progression, or play blistering solos. Getting good at anything, whether it’s playing guitar, learning a new language or anything else, it requires a ton of practice. 

Posted January 24, 2019

Fingerpicking with Elixir® Strings

Guitar strings are arguably one of the most important elements of any guitar. You can't play guitar without strings! If you talk to any guitar player, you’ll know that everyone has their string preferences. If you ask a guitar player which brand of guitar strings they prefer, they will usually give you the same answer: Elixir® Strings.

Posted January 23, 2019

BB King Songs You Must Learn on Guitar

B.B. King is arguably the greatest blues guitar player to have ever lived. His songs are classics in the blues canon and a number of guitar players and musicians have cited him as a great influence including Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. If you're someone who wants to learn how to play the blues on guitar, look no further than these songs fr

Posted January 18, 2019

Pentatonic Scale Essentials Guitar Lesson

The pentatonic scale is one of the most popular guitar scales due to its simplicity and versatility. It’s called the pentatonic scale because there are only five notes in the scale, as opposed to the usual 7 notes in most others. “Penta” means five and “tonic” means notes. Read on to find out why this scale is so popular! 

Posted January 16, 2019

Guitar Chords for Beginners

Every aspiring guitar player should first learn how to play a handful of beginner guitar chords. Luckily Guitar Tricks has a vast library of chord charts for you to learn. And if you don't know how to read a chord diagram, we got that covered, too. The majority of music in pop culture uses the same group of chords. If you

Posted January 11, 2019

How to Read Guitar Chord Charts

Knowing how to read guitar chord charts is a valuable and essential skill for any aspiring guitar player. In this article, you'll learn how to understand guitar chord charts.

Posted January 4, 2019

5 Guitar Apps for Android You Should Download Right Now

If you just bought a new guitar or maybe you’ve been playing the same one for years, it’s always important to have a handful of tools to make playing and maintenance easy. Did you know there are tons of great apps for your guitar? There are so many apps out there that could improve your guitar experience. Here are just a handful of great, useful apps for your Android smartphone. 

Posted January 2, 2019

How to Get Started with Full Access

For those who have just signed up for a Full Access subscription, congrats! Guitar Tricks offers literally thousands of lessons on a variety of techniques and songs. With that being said, it can be overwhelming and you may be wondering where to begin. That’s why we’re here to help! 

Posted December 28, 2018

7 Must Have Accessories for your New Guitar

So you opened up a brand new guitar for the holidays and you’ve been rocking out, or trying to rock out, the last few days with your new baby. This is great but guitars generally last a lifetime, or can last that long if you take care of it. With that being said, there is so much to get out of a guitar that requires extra gear. Here are seven must-have accessories for your new guitar. 

Posted December 26, 2018

5 Things You Must do with Your New Guitar

If you received a new guitar as a gift this year, it’s important to know what to do with a brand new guitar. Some new guitars have been sitting in a showroom for days, or weeks before they’re purchased. New guitars have been played by a number of people before you even touch the instrument. The strings aren’t necessarily new either. There are a lot of little details to think about when getting a new guitar. Here five things you must do when you get a new guitar.